Friday, 27 November 2009

Red Horse MuzikLaban's IndieFilm Challenge Awards Night



A slide presentation of Red horse MuzikLaban's Indie Film Challenge Awards Night. This particular presentation includes details about the event and the program.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Alec Guiness & Kind Hearts and Coronets

Alec Guiness has been one of my favorite actors since I met him in film as Obi Wan Kenobi in the film Star Wars. After that I rediscovered him in the film Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia. And in other roles from Adolph Hitler to an unlikely mastermind of a gold robbery in London.

Although I think in the film Kind Hearts and Coronets he played seven roles and one of them a woman. I first saw this film at the British Council in New Manila. They were actually playing the film in an air-conditioned room inside the centre.

This was a black comedy and needless to say the audience were laughinh through out the movie. It took several years after and a  trip half-way around the world to get an original copy of this film. Needless to say it was and is worth watching.

It would be hard to top this film. Jerry Lewis and Eddie Murphy tried and tries but nothing beats this si far.

<A HREF="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAA41TwZz1w">Kind Hearts and Coronets clip</A>

Julie & Julia

A few months ago I was able to watch the film Julie and Julia. The movie tells the tale of Julia Child and Julie . The first story tells the tale of a who started blogging about a challenge she set up for herself- to cook over 500 recipes from Julia Child’s book – XX, Each effort and enterprise to be posted on Julie’s blog, In between the triumph and defeat of Julie the film also tells the story of how cthe cookbook Julie is using came to be, In other words , It is also the story of Julia Childs,

The film is light and entertaining, Julia and Julie’s adventures are poignant with little or even ust a pinch of pathos, Just enough to ground one with the story without be ing overwhelmed. In short it is an enjoyable film.

But probably an additional treat for writers, food bloggers, bloggers and publishers is how two books were published – and its effect on the writers and bloggers.

And it is an eye-opener. Writing online and offline is something that requires consistent and haard work plus a little bit of luck.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Pelicula Pelicula 09 at GB3, CCP and CSB

One of the more interesting international film festival that comes to the Philippines is what came to be known as the Spanish Film Festival. This year Pelicula Pelicula is here again starting october 1 - and its going to be held in three venues.



I have a lot of favorites from this film festival - one was a story about this boy, his grandfather and Clint Eastwood. And the other was about individuals living their day out in Cuba.

I hope you enjoy this year's festival:

Synopsis and Details:

OFFICIAL SECTION – GREENBELT 3

SPANISH CINEMA IN 8 FILMS – DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF ST. BENILDE (DLSU-CSB)

FILIPINO AND SPANISH DOCUMENTARIES – CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES (CCP)

CINE EN CONSTRUCCIÓN – DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY- COLLAGE OF ST. BENILDE

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

SCHEDULE: To download the pdf and the spreadsheet go here.

PeliculaPeliculaSchedule09PDF


OFFICIAL SECTION – GREENBELT 3

Before The Fall / 3 días
Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez

Writer: F. Javier Gutiérrez, Juan Velarde

Production: Maestranza Films / Green Moon España /
Pentagrama Films 2008

Duration: 93 minutes

Genre:
Crime | Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Víctor Clavijo, Mariana Cordero, Eduard Fernández, Juan Galván, Ana de las Cuevas, Daniel Casadellà, Elvira de Armiñán, Marilo Muñoz, Vicente Romero, Pepe Salas, Sebastián Haro, Antonio Dechent, Alejandro Muñoz, Miguel Zurita

Awards:
2009 Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival-
Grand Prize of European Fantasy Film in Silver- F. Javier Gutiérrez

CEC Award: Best Editing- Nacho Ruiz Capillas

2009 Goya Awards- Best Sound-
Jorge Mira, Jorge Marín, Maite Rivera, Daniel de Zayas

2008 Málaga Spanish Film Festival-
Best First Screenplay- F. Javier Gutiérrez, Juan Velarde, Golden Biznaga- F. Javier Gutiérrez, Silver Biznaga: Best Make-Up- Anabel Beato, Yolanda Piña, Best Supporting Actress- Mariana Cordero,

Synopsis:
What would you do if the world was going to end in 72 hours? A giant meteorite is about to collide with Earth. The planet is gripped by despair and chaos. The inhabitants of the little town of Laguna listen to the news in terror. Ale, a frustrated young man who lives with his mother and works at doing odd jobs, decides to spend his last days shut away, getting drunk and listening to his favorite music. But his plans change when he is forced to help his mother, Rosa, to protect his brother Tomás four children when Lucio, an ambiguous, disturbing stranger appears.

Return to Hansala / Retorno a Hansala
Director: Chus Gutiérrez

Writer: Chus Gutiérrez, Juan Carlos Rubio

Production: Maestranza Films / Muac Films 2008

Duration: 95 min.

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish | Arabic | Berber with English subtitles

Cast:
El Hussein Aghazaff, Fatima Andah, Antonio Dechent, María del Águila, Antonio de la Torre, Cuca Escribano, José Luis García Pérez, Farah Hamed, César Vea

Awards:
2009 Goya Awards:
Nominated
Goya: Best New Actress- Farah Hamed, Best Original Song- Tao Gutiérrez For the song "Manousal", Best Screenplay – Original Chus Gutiérrez, Juan Carlos Rubio

2009 Turia Awards:
Won
Special Award- Chus Gutiérrez

2008 Cairo International Film Festival:
Won
Golden Pyramid: Best Film- Chus Gutiérrez

2008 Valladolid International Film Festival
Won
Jury Special Prize- Chus Gutiérrez
Nominated
Golden Spike- Chus Gutiérrez

Synopsis:
A boat carrying a group of illegal immigrants sinks, leaving a dozen dead bodies lying on a Spanish beach. Martín -a man nearing his forties and the father of a twelve-year-old girl- has recently separated from his wife. He runs a funeral parlour in Algeciras and is beset by numerous economic and legal problems. After receiving a call from the Guardia Civil, he drives to the scene of the tragedy and, while collecting the dead bodies, he notices that one of them has a tight Ust gripping a scrap of paper. The latter contains a telephone number. Back in his ofUce, Martin calls that number and is answered at the other end of the line by Leila, a Morroccan woman who works at the wholesale food market in Málaga. Both Martin and Leila will embark together in an unexpected journey.

The Blind Sunflowers / Los girasoles ciegos
Director: José Luis Cuerda

Writer: José Luis Cuerda, Rafael Azcona (Novel: Alberto Méndez)

Production: Sogecine / Produccions A Modiño / E.O.P.C / Producciones Labarouta 2008

Duration: 98 min.

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Maribel Verdú, Javier Cámara, Raúl Arévalo, Irene Escolar, Martín Rivas, José Ángel Egido, Roger Princep

Awards:
2009 Cartagena Film Festival:
Won
Golden India Catalina: Best Director-José Luis Cuerda, Best Supporting Actor- Roger Príncep
Nominated
Golden India Catalina: Best Film-José Luis Cuerda

2009 Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain:
Nominated
CEC Award: Best Actress- Maribel Verdú, Best Cinematography- Hans Burman, Best Screenplay, Adapted- Rafael Azcona, José Luis Cuerda

2009 Fotogramas de Plata:
Won
Fotogramas de Plata: Best Movie Actress- Maribel Verdú
Nominated
Fotogramas de Plata: Best Movie Actor- Raúl Arévalo

2009 Goya Awards:
Won
Goya: Best Screenplay – Adapted Rafael Azcona, José Luis Cuerda
Nominated
Goya: Best Actor- Raúl Arévalo, Best Actress- Maribel Verdú, Best Cinematography- Hans Burman, Best Costume Design- Sonia Grande, Best Director-José Luis Cuerda,
Best Editing- Nacho Ruiz Capillas, Best Film, Best Make-Up and Hairstyles- Silvie Imbert Fermín Galán, Best New Actor- Martín Rivas, Best Original Score- Lucio Godoy, Best Production Design- Baltasar Gallart, Best Production Supervision- Emiliano Otegui, Best Sound- Ricardo Steinberg, María Steinberg, Alfonso Raposo, Best Supporting Actor- José Ángel Egido

2009 Premios ACE:
Won
Premios ACE: Cinema- Best Film

2009 Spanish Actors Union:
Won
Award of the Spanish Actors Union: Film: Performance in a Minor Role, Male- José Ángel Egido, Film: Lead Performance, Female- Maribel Verdú, Film: Lead Performance, Male- Raúl Arévalo

2009 Turia Awards:
Won
Turia Award: Best Spanish Film- José Luis Cuerda

Synopsis:
Ourense, Spain, 1940. Every time that Elena locks the door, she locks her secrets. Her husband Ricardo spend years hidden in his house with his children (Elenita and Lorenzo), trying to dodge persecution. Salvador, a priest confused after battling in the front, returns to seminary in Ourense

Forasters / Strangers
Director: Ventura Pons

Writer: Sergi Bebel, Ventura Pons

Production: 2008 (Spain)

Duration: 105 min

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Catalan with English subtitles

Cast:
Anna Lizaran, Joan Pera, Nao Albet

Synopsis:
Forasters tells the story of a single family that lives through two traumatic events with a forty-year gap between them: the loss of a family member and the arrival of new unfamiliar neighbours. Two events that end up disrupting the alleged harmony of the family. The fragility of the family ties, the passage of time, the meaning of existence, and above all, the fear and distrust of the unknown (the outsider, the stranger, the foreigner) upsets the "sensible" mentality of these traditional individuals.

Time Crimes / Los Cronocrímenes
Director: Nacho Vigalondo

Writer: Nacho Vigalondo

Production: Spain , 2007

Duration: 88 min.

Genre:
Sci-fi / Thriller

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo, Bárbara Goenaga, Candela Fernández

Awards:
This film received a lot of nominations and awards in different film organizations, including winning the Best Picture at 2007 Fantastic Fest in the USA as well snatching the Gold Medal of Jury Award Competition and Silver Medal of Audience Award Competition in 2007 Fantastic Fest (USA).

Synopsis:
A man who travels accidentally back to the past and meets himself there. A naked girl in the midst of the forest. A weird guy with his face covered by a pink bandage. A disquieting mansion on the top of a hill. All of them pieces of an unpredictable jigsaw puzzle where terror, drama and suspense will lead to an unthinkable sort of crime. Who's the murderer? Who's the victim?

53 Winter Days / 53 días de invierno
Director: Judith Colell

Writer: Gemma Ventura

Production: Spain, 2006

Duration: 91 min.

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Mercedes Sampietro, Àlex Brendemühl, Aina Clotet, Montserrat Salvador, Silvia Munt, María de la Pau Pigem, Joaquim de Almeida, Celso Bugallo, Abel Folk

Synopsis:
Three people waiting for a bus one winter's night look on as a dog is abandoned. Mila, a teacher on a year's leave of absence after having been attacked by one of her students; Celso, a security guard, married, father of a son, who has serious trouble making ends meet, and who is on the point of learning that he's about to be a father again, but this time to twins; and Valeria, a cello student with a murky family/love relationship. All three set out on a voyage leading them to confront their fears and frustrations and each of them to take an extreme, life-changing decision

Casual Day
Director: Max Lemcke

Writer: Max Lemcke

Production: El Deseo, 2007

Duration: 94 min.

Genre:
Comedy

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Juan Diego, Luis Tosar, Javier Ríos, Estíbaliz Gabilondo, Alberto San Juan, Arturo Valls, Álex Angulo, Carlos Kaniowsky, Secun de la Rosa, Mikel Losada, Malena Alterio, Marta Etura

Awards:
Nominated for three awards and winner of four including Best Film and Best Director (Max Lemcke) at the 2009 Cinema Writers Circle Awards in Spain.

Synopsis:
Casual Day is a company practice imported from the USA . Every Friday the workers are asked to exchange their suits for more informal attire. Different companies plan their Casual Days in different ways: some organise a trip to the countryside or activities intended to better personal relations between their workers, reduce stress and improve business performance. Ruy has always lived as he liked. Though clever, he's gotten himself into a jam. José Antonio, his girlfriend's father, has earmarked an important job for him in his company. He wants him to be his successor. At the age of 25, without actually having decided anything, he's trapped. He'd like to say no to the job, to José Antonio, to Inés, his girlfriend, and to the Casual Day stuff. But it's not easy to say no. What started out as a simple event, a weekend in the country, ends up deciding the rest of his life.

The Good News / La Buena Nueva
Director: Helena Taberna

Writer: Helena Taberna, Andrés Martorell

Production: Spain, 2008

Duration: 108 minutes

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Unax Ugalde, Bárbara Goenaga, Mercedes Sampietro, Guillermo Toledo, Joseba Apaolaza, Maribel Salas, Loquillo, Gorka Aguinagalde, Klara Badiola, Magdalena Aizpurua, Iñake Irastorza, Erik Probanza, Kandido Uranga, Jabier Muguruza, Susana Gómez, Mikel Tello, Rodrigo Sáenz de Heredia

Awards:
Best Actor (Mejor actor) Unax Ugalde – Valladolid International Film Festival, Best Actor – Turia

Synopsis:
Miguel is a young priest who takes over a parish in a Socialist small town at the time of the 1936 military uprising in Spain. Since the beginning of the war, the village is occupied by the rebel forces, while numerous executions follow in wake of the occupation. In his struggle to defend the victims of political retaliation, Miguel will stand up against the hierarchy of the church and the military and will put his life at risk. His friendship with Margari, the local schoolmistress whose husband has been murdered at the outbreak of the war, becomes a haven to him. His relationship with the woman will somehow counter the young priest's disillusionment and become his only foothold along a road which he must walk on his own.

Just Walking / Sólo quiero caminar
Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes

Writer: Agustín Díaz Yanes

Production: Boomerang TV / Antena 3 Films / Canana Films 2008

Duration: 108 minutes

Genre:
Thriller

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Diego Luna, Victoria Abril, Ariadna Gil, Pilar López de Ayala, Elena Anaya, José María Yazpik, Dagoberto Gama, Everardo Arzate, Jorge Roldán, Tenoch Huerta, Jorge Zárate

Synopsis:
Aurora is serving a prison sentence for a raid that went pear-shaped. Her accomplices – Ana, Gloria and Paloma – were not caught. Life is certainly no picnic for these for women. Aurora’s sister Ana works as a prostitute and longs to have more money. This is why she accepts an offer of marriage from Félix, a filthy rich but brutal Mexican drug dealer who adores her. Ana goes to live in Mexico with her husband. Shortly afterwards, Gloria receives a phone call from Ana in Mexico asking Gloria to visit her there. Her husband’s business is going well, she says, and she thinks the girlfriends might be able to make something of their lives there. Aurora is released from prison and is met by Paloma. The two women have a plane to catch – from Madrid to Mexico City. At the other end, Ana and Gloria are already waiting for them. Ana is unhappy with her new life. Her husband’s alcoholic binges and violent outbursts have made her realise that the drug lord has trapped her in a golden cage. Things can’t go on like this any more, Ana says. And so she’s has hatched a plot which should put them in possession of a large amount of money and help Ana take her revenge. This is the real reason for bringing her girlfriends to Mexico. Together the women set about preparing what could be their lucky strike.

The Good Life / La buena vida
Director: Andrés Wood

Writer: Andrés Wood, Mamoun Hassan, Rodrigo Bazaes

Production: Co-production Chile-Argentina-Spain-France-UK, 2008

Duration: 108 minutes

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Aline Küppenheim, Manuela Martelli, Eduardo Paxeco, Roberto Farías, Manuela Oyarzún, Paula Sotelo, Nestor Corona, Daniel Antivilo, Alfredo Castro, Bélgica Castro, Francisco Acuña, Jorge Alis, Luis Roque

Synopsis:
It tells four stories of urban Santiago, Chile today, 2008. Teresa, Edmundo, Mario and Patricia Santiago are four people whose lives intersect amid, bocinazos, brakes and car alarms, but hardly touched on. Each pursues their dream: Teresa (Aline Kupenheim), a psychologist who seeks to save lives, Edmundo (Roberto Farias), a hairdresser who longs to have a car, Mario (Eduardo Paxeco) wants to come to the Philharmonic, and Patricia (Paula Sotelo) who survives. Each one yearns for something that seems to be affordable but they get what they don’t expect.

The Missing Lynx: Paws of the Run / El lince perdido
Director: Manuel Sicilia, Raul Garcia, Jose Enrique Machuca

Writer: Manuel Sicilia, Raul Garcia, Jose Enrique Machuca

Production: Spain, 2008

Duration: 97 minutes

Genre:
Animation

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
voices of : Abraham Aguilar, Beatriz Berciano, Carlos del Pino, David García, Javier García Sáenz, Conchi López Rojo, Julio Núñez, Esperanza Pedreño, David Robles, Cecilia Santiago, César Sarachu

Synopsis:
The film follows the misadventures of a group of animals to escape from being captured by an unscrupulous hunter, hired by a millionaire.

Midsummer Dream / El sueño de una noche de San Juan
Director: Ángel de la Cruz , Manolo Gómez

Writer: Ángel de la Cruz & Beatriz Iso

Production: Co-production Spain-Portugal; Dygra Films / Appia Filmes 2005

Duration: 98 min

Genre:
Animation

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Awards:
In 2006, for the work of de la Cruz and Gómez, this animation film received Best Animation Film in the Goya Awards.

Synopsis:
The film follows the misadventures of a group of animals to escape from being captured by an unscrupulous hunter, hired by a millionaire.

Empty Nest / El nido vacío
Director: Daniel Burman

Writer: Daniel Burman

Production: BD Cine , Classic Film , Paradis Films , Wanda Visión S.A., 2008

Duration: 91 minutes

Genre:
Drama, Comedy

Language:
Spanish, Hebrew with English subtitles

Cast:
Oscar Martínez, Cecilia Roth, Inés Efron, Jean Pierre Noher, Arturo Goetz, Eugenia Capizzano, Carlos Bermejo, Ron Richter

Awards:
2009 Argentinean Film Critics Association Awards
Nominated
Silver Condor: Best Actor- Oscar Martínez, Best Cinematography- Hugo Colace, Best Costume Design- Roberta Pesci, Best Director- Daniel Burman, Best Film, Best Music- Nico Cota, Best Supporting Actor- Arturo Goetz, Best Supporting Actress- Inés Efron

2008 Marrakech International Film Festival
Nominated
Golden Star: Daniel Burman

2008 San Sebastián International Film Festival
Won
Best Cinematography- Hugo Colace, Silver Seashell: Best Actor- Oscar Martínez
Nominated
Golden Seashell: Daniel Burman

Synopsis:
A comedy with humor that portrays the recontrucción a marriage between a successful writer and a female student and hyperactive, once their children undertake its own path outside her home. The rediscovery of feelings, different looks and the vicissitudes of a married couple who live together again only two

One Word from You / Una palabra tuya
Director: Ángeles González-Sinde

Writer: Ángeles González-Sinde, based on Elvira Lindo’s novel

Production: Spain, 2008

Duration: 98 minutes

Genre:
Drama, Comedy

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Malena Alterio, Esperanza Pedreño, Antonio de la Torre, Chiqui Fernández, Marilyn Torres, María Alfonsa Rosso, Luis Bermejo, Juan Sanz

Synopsis:
Rosario and Milagros are friends and they both work as sweepers. They are young, and they don’t have boyfriends, cars, friends nor future but an unexpected encounter changed everything. The tragedy of usual lives, relationship bordering on friendship and love, loneliness, family ties and moral obligations.

The One-Handed Trick / El truco del manco
Director: Santiago A. Zannou

Writer: Santiago A. Zannou, Iván Morales

Production: Media Films, 16 January 2009 (Spain)

Duration: 87 min.

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish

Cast:
J.M. Montilla 'El Langui', Ovono Candela, Javier Iglesias Bustamante, Elio Sagües

Awards:
2009 Goya:
Won
Best New Actor- El Langui, Best New Director- Santiago Zannou, Best Original Song - Woulfrank Zannou, El Langui for the song "A tientas".

Synopsis:
El truco del manco tells the tale of Enrique Heredia, El Cuajo, a non-Gypsy with Gypsy features who gets by as he can with walking difficulties caused by the cerebral palsy affecting half of his body. El Cuajo convinces his friend Adolfo, a young mulatto living in a commuter suburb with an alcoholic father and health problems, to set up a music studio and make a living with their shared talent and passion for Hip Hop. The actors are non-professional, selected at castings held on the outskirts of Madrid and Barcelona. Outstanding among them is Juan Manuel Montilla, nicknamed El Langui, leader of the Gypsy hip-hop group La Excepción, winner of an MTV Europe 2006 award as the best European group in the Spanish-language.

Don’t ask me to kiss you, because I will / No me pidas que te bese porque te besaré
Director: Albert Espinosa

Writer: Albert Espinosa

Production: Spain, 2008(Spain)

Duration: 95 min.

Genre:
Comedy

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Eloy Azorín, Pablo Rivero, Roberto Enríquez, Teresa Hurtado, Albert Espinosa, Jan Cornet

Synopsis:
This comedy is about Albert who's repenting his decision to marry and takes guitar lessons with “special” people to distract himself before the wedding takes place or not. Espinosa, the scriptwriter of Tu vida en 65 minutos, takes in his first feature film the same approach as Woody Allen in many aspects, making you think what makes us special and what makes us jerks.

The Zone / La zona
Director: Rodrigo Plá

Writer: Laura Santullo, Rodrigo Plá

Production: Co-production México-Spain

Duration: 97 minutes

Genre:
Drama. Thriller

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Maribel Verdú, Carlos Bardem, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Daniel Tovar, Alan Chávez, Mario Zaragoza, Marina de Tavira, Blanca Guerra, Claudio Obregon, Andrés Montiel, Enrique Arreola, Gerardo Taracena, Mayra Serbulo

Synopsis:
In Mexico City, a wealthy compound is surrounded by walls and surveillance system to protect the locals against the violence of the slums. During a stormy night, a billboard falls over the wall and three smalltime thieves cross the border through the breach to rob. They break into a house and kill an old lady; the residents organize militias to chase the delinquents. Two of them and one security guard are murdered by the vigilantes, but the sixteen year old Miguel hides in the basement of the teenager Alejandro. When Alejandro finds Miguel, he feeds and helps the boy, but it is impossible to escape from the Zone.

Boystown / Chuecatown
Director: Juan Flahn

Writer: Félix Sabroso, Dunia Ayaso, Juan Flahn

Production: Spain, 2007

Duration: 100 min.

Genre:
Comedy

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Pepón Nieto, Pablo Puyol, Concha Velasco, Rosa María Sardá, Carlos Fuentes, Eduard Soto, Mariola Fuentes

Synopsis:
Victor works in a real estate agency in the well-known Chueca neighborhood of Madrid. He hides a terrible secret: he makes apartments available for sale by murdering the old ladies owners that live in them. Then, refurbishes and decorates the apartments to sell them to gay couples with high purchasing power. His ultimate objective is to transform Chueca into a kind of London Soho area.

Mediterranean Diet / Dieta mediterranea
Director: Joaquín Oristrell

Writer: Joaquín Oristrell, Yolanda García Serrano

Production: Spain, 2009

Duration: 90 minutes

Genre:
Comedy

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Olivia Molina, Paco León, Alfonso Bassave, Carmen Balagué, Roberto Álvarez, Jesús Castejón

Synopsis:
Sofia's (Olivia Molina) story, the best chef in the world, and the two men who helped her to become a legend. For 16 years, Sofia grew up between burners and tables at her parents' kitchen until she was converted into a well-known chef. She becomes famous, thanks to the two very important men in her life: Toni (Paco León), the ideal man with whom she get married and has three kids, and Frank (Alfonso Bassave), who turned to be her lover.

Chaotic Ana / Caótica Ana
Director: Julio Médem

Writer: Julio Médem

Production: Alicia Produce / Sogecine 2007

Duration: 119 min.

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Manuela Vellés, Bebe Rebolledo, Charlotte Rampling, Lluís Homar, Matthias Habich, Gerrit Graham, Nicolas Cazalé, Ash Newman, Raúl Peña

Synopsis:
Chaotic Ana is the story - journey of Ana over four years of her life, from 18 to 22. A countdown from 10 to 0, as in hypnosis,through which Ana comes to see that she doesn´t alone. Her existence seems to be the continuation of the lives of other young women who died tragically, all of them at 22, and who live in the abyss of her unconscious memory. That is her chaos. In words of the director and scriptwriter of the movie: Ana is the princess and the monster of this fable feminist against the tyranny of the white man.

14 Kilometers / 14 Kilómetros
Director: Gerardo Olivares

Writer: Gerardo Olivares

Production: Wanda Visión / Explora Films 2007

Duration: 95 min.

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Adoum Moussa, lliassou, Mahamadou Alzouma, Aminata Kanta

Synopsis:
14 kilometres is the distance that separates Africa from Europe , but 14 kilometres is also the barrier that separates the dreams of millions of Africans who seek to escape from hunger and misery. This film has garnered four awards. Winning the Mayahuel Award for Best Ibero-American Feature Film at the Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival among others.

SPANISH CINEMA IN 8 FILMS – DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF ST. BENILDE (DLSU-CSB)

Welcome Mr. Marshall / ¡Bienvenido, Míster Marshall!
Director: Luis García Berlanga

Writer: Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga, Miguel Mihura

Production: Spain, 1953

Duration: 95 minutes

Genre:
Comedy

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Lolita Sevilla, Manuel Morán, José Isbert, Alberto Romea, Elvira Quintillá, Luis Pérez de León, Félix Fernández, Nicolás D. Perchicot, Joaquín Roa, Fernando Aguirre, José Franco, Rafael Alonso

Awards:
5 wins and 1 nomination including International Prize (Luis García Berlanga), and Special Mention (Juan Antonio Bardem, Luis García Berlanga, and Miguel Mihura) during the 1953 Cannes Film Festival. Also, the film won the CEC Award for Best Original Story (Luis García Berlanga, Juan Antonio Bardem, and Miguel Mihura) in the 1954 Cinema Writers Circle Awards (Spain), and the Prize of the National Syndicate of Spectacle for Best Film in both the 1953 and 1954 National Syndicate of Spectacle, Spain.

Synopsis:
The little village of Villar del Río is awaiting the song performance of Carmen Vargas, 'The Great Andalusian Star'. The quiet village is governed by a deaf, naughty and good-natured Mayor, who's only seeking the way to give life to the place. By the same time good news comes to the village: the arrival of North American high personalities that will give economical aid to the nation city by city, village by village. The Mayor doesn't know what to do to welcome them. Carmen Vargas's agent throws surprising initiatives, moving all the village people just to prepare a better reception for the foreigners. His idea is to disguise all the farmers as Andalusians and add colour to every street with typical decorations. All of them start to work, and also to dream and think about what they're going to request the Americans, who will come with lots of dollars.

The Spirit of the Beehive / El espíritu de la colmena
Director: Víctor Erice

Writer: Víctor Erice, Ángel Fernández Santos

Production: Spain, 1973

Duration: 97 minutes

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Fernando Fernán Gómez, Teresa Gimpera, Ana Torrent, Isabel Telleria, Laly Soldevila, Miguel Picazo, Queti de la Camara, Estanis González, José Villasante, Juan Margallo

Awards:
7 wins: the CEC Award for Best Actor (Fernando Fernán Gómez), Best Director (Víctor Erice), and the Best Film in the 1974 Cinema Writers Circle Awards (Spain). It won the Best Spanish Movie Performer (Ana Torrent ) at the 1974 Fotogramas de Plata. Also, the film won the 1977 Premio ACE for Cinema - Best Actress (Ana Torrent) and Cinema - Best Director (Víctor Erice). It also won the Golden Seashell for Víctor Erice in the 1973 San Sebastián International Film Festival.

Synopsis:
In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Ana, a sensitive seven-year-old girl in a rural Spanish hamlet is traumatized after a traveling projectionist screens a print of James Whale's 1931 "Frankenstein" for the village. The youngster is profoundly disturbed by the scenes in which the monster murders the little girl and is later killed himself by the villagers. She questions her sister about the profundities of life and death and believes her older sibling when she tells her that the monster is not dead, but exists as a spirit inhabiting a nearby barn. When a Loyalist soldier, a fugitive from Franco's victorious army, hides out in the barn, Ana crosses from reality into a fantasy world of her own.

Viridiana
Director: Luis Buñuel

Writer: Luis Buñuel, Julio Alejandro de Castro

Production: Co-production Spain-México, 1961

Duration: 90 minutes

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, José Calvo, Margarita Lozano, José Manuel Martín, Victoria Zinny, Luis Heredia, Joaquín Roa, Lola Gaos, María Isbert, Teresa Rabal

Awards:
1961: Winner of the Cannes Film Festival Palme D'Or (Goleen Palm).

Synopsis:
Viridiana is a virtuous young woman living in a convent in Spain and about to take her vows as a nun, when she is urged by her superior to visit her closest living relative, the widowed Don Jaime (Fernando Rey), at his estate. The lonely Don Jaime asks Viridiana to oblige him by trying on his deceased wife's wedding gown, and the young niece does so. Later, the aroused Don Jaime drugs Viridiana, planning to ravish her while she is unconscious. Though he falters, he later commits suicide out of guilt and shame and Viridiana inherits the estate along with Don Jaime's prodigal and pragmatic son, Jorge.

The Holy Innocents / Los santos inocentes
Director: Mario Camus

Writer: Manuel Larreta, Antonio Matji, Mario Camus

Production: Spain, 1984

Duration: 107 minutes

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Alfredo Landa, Francisco Rabal, Maribel Martín, Terele Pávez, Ágata Lys, Agustín González, Juan Diego, José Guardiola, Mari Carrillo, Belén Ballesteros, Juan Sánchez, Manuel Zarzo

Awards:
This film won the Best Actor award (Francisco Rabal and Alfredo Landa), and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special Mention (Mario Camus) in the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. It also won the CEC Award for Best Film during the 1985 Cinema Writers Circle Awards (Spain). It received the Best Movie Actor award (Francisco Rabal) in the 1985 Fotogramas de Plata, and the 1986 Premio ACE for Cinema - Best Actor (Alfredo Landa) with four other nominations.

Synopsis:
Extremadura, Spain in the 60s. People from a very poor family work in the country, at the service of a rich family of landowners. Paco and his wife Régula are very poor. They work as tenant farmers for a very wealthy landowner. They have 3 children who can not got to school because the master "needs" their work. When Regula's brother is fired from where he has worked for 61 years, he settles down at their little place.


The Lovers of the Arctic Circle / Los amantes del Círculo Polar
Director: Julio Medem

Writer: Julio Medem

Production: Spain, 1984

Duration: 112 minutes

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Najwa Nimri, Fele Martínez, Nancho Novo, Maru Valdivielso, Peru Medem, Sara Valiente, Víctor Hugo Oliveira, Kristel Díaz, Pep Munné, Jaroslaw Bielski, Rosa Morales

Awards:
13 wins and 8 nominations including the Audience Award (Julio Medem) at the 2000 Athens International Film Festival, the CEC Award for Best Editing (Iván Aledo) in the 1999 Cinema Writers Circle Awards (Spain), the 1999 Goya Award for Best Editing (Iván Aledo) and Best Original Score (Alberto Iglesias). It also won the Audience Award for Best Latin Film (Julio Medem), the Golden Kikito for Best Director (Julio Medem), Best store (Alberto Iglesias), and Best Screenplay (Julio Medem) at the 1999 Gramado Film Festival. Likewise, it won the Film Award for Best Actress (Najwa Nimri) and Best Spanish Film in the 1998 Ondas Awards. The film also won the Student Jury Award for Best Film (Julio Medem) in the 1998 Toulouse Cinespaña, and Turia Award for Best Spanish Film (Julio Medem) at the 1999 Turia Awards, plus several nominations.

Synopsis:
Otto and Ana are kids when they meet each other. Their names are palindromes. They meet by chance, people are related by chance. Yet, their destiny cannot be denied. A story of circular lives, with circular names, and a circular place where the day never ends in the midnight sun. There are things that never end, and Love is one of them.

Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! / ¡Átame!
Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Writer: Pedro Almodóvar

Production: Spain, 2004

Duration: 111 minutes

Genre:
Crime | Drama | Romance

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Victoria Abril, Antonio Banderas, Loles León, Julieta Serrano, María Barranco, Rossy de Palma, Francisco Rabal, Lola Cardona, Montse G. Romeu, Emiliano Redondo, Oswaldo Delgado, Concha Rabal, Alberto Fernández, José María Tasso, Angelina Llongueras, Manuel Bandera, Virginia Díez, Juana Cordero, Francisca Caballero, Francisca Pajuelo, Víctor Coyote, Carlos García Cambero, Alito Rodgers, Tamaki, Malena Gracia, Agustín Almodóvar, Rodolfo Montero, Miguel García, Pedro Losada

Awards:
Won six awards and 18 nominations including the Golden India Catalina Award for Best Actor (Antonio Banderas) at the 1991 Cartagena Film Festival, the Best Film (Pedro Almodóvar) and Best Movie Actor (Antonio Banderas) in the 1991 Fotogramas de Plata, the Cinema - Best Actor Award (Antonio Banderas) and Cinema - Best Supporting Actress (Loles León) in the 1991 Premios ACE, and the Audience Award for Best Spanish Film (Pedro Almodóvar) at the 1991 Sant Jordi Awards

Synopsis:
Ricky is released from a mental hospital, and knows exactly what he wants to do: to create a family. He hunts down Marina, a porn film star and tries to convince here to be his wife. She is a bit reluctant, so he decides to use a more aggressive plan…

Amanece, que no es poco
Director: José Luis Cuerda

Writer: Pedro Almodóvar

Production: Spain, 1988

Duration: 110 minutes

Genre:
Comedy

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Antonio Resines , Luis Ciges, José Sazatornil "Saza" Casto Sandra "Cassen", Pastora Vega, Ovidi Montllor, Chus Lampreave, Manuel Alexandre, María Isbert, Miguel Rellán

Awards:
This film received three nominations at the 1990 Goya Awards for Best Screenplay - Original (José Luis Cuerda), Best Sound (Carlos Faruolo and Enrique Molinero), and Best Special Effects (Reyes Abades)

Synopsis:
In the best tradition of Spanish surreal humor (like Luis García Berlanga's Calabuch), this caustic comedy follows the arrival of Teodoro, a professor in an American university, to a very peculiar village to enjoy a sabbatical year. Upon arriving he discovers that Jimmy, his father, has killed his mother. His father bought him a motorcycle with sidecar to compensate him for the loss. Together they arrive at a remote town in the mountain where they encountered strange people: an acolyte on the verge of raising himself body and soul to heaven, and a woman who has buried a man in her orchard.

Astronauts / Astronautas
Director: Santi Amodeo

Writer: Santi Amodeo

Production: Spain, 2004

Duration: 94 minutes

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Nancho Novo, Teresa Hurtado de Ory, Juan Motilla, Alex O'Dogherty, Jöns Pappila, Enrico Vecchi, Manolo Solo, Julián Villagrán

Awards:
Won the Jules Verne Award (Santi Amodeo) during the 2005 Nantes Spanish Film Festival, and the Best New Director - Honorable Mention (Santi Amodeo) at the 2003 Valladolid International Film Festival, with other nominations.

Synopsis:
Daniel is approaching forty. From what they say about him he must be a poet or a comic-strip illustrator, or both. He has just overcome a long addiction and, once back home, is trying to recognize his life based on a strategy which consists basically in doing exactly what a "normal" person does. Laura is fifteen... almost sixteen. She arrives in the city searching for her brother Andrés, Daniel's neighbour. But the brother is not home and she decides to wait for him, while organizing around Daniel what could be his "perfect world".

FILIPINO AND SPANISH DOCUMENTARIES – CULTURAL CENTER OF THE PHILIPPINES (CCP)

Lucio
Director: Aitor Arregi, José Mari Goenaga

Writer: Aitor Arregi, José Mari Goenaga

Production: Irusoin, S. A. / Moriarti Produkzioak, 2007

Duration: 93 minutes

Genre:
Documetary

Language:
Spanish | English| French with English subtitles

Cast:
Lucio Urtubia, Ramón Agirre, Roland Dumas, Antonio Martín

Awards:
2008 Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival- Mayahuel Award- Best Documentary - Ibero-American Jury - Special Mention- Aitor Arregi, José María Goenaga

Synopsis:
There have been and still are many anarchists in the world. Those who had to steal or deal in contraband for the cause are numerous. Those who discussed strategies with Che Guevara or helped Eldridge Cleaver -the leader of the Black Panthers- are fewer in number. But those whom, together with the above, succeeded in putting the most powerful bank in the world against the ropes with the massive forging of travellers cheques, and without missing a single day of his job as a building worker, are reduced to one. Lucio Urtubia, from Cascante (Navarre). Today Lucio lives in Paris, retired.

Bucarest. Memory Lost / Bucarest. La memoria perdida
Director: Albert Solé

Writer: Albert Solé

Production: Bausan Films, Minimal Films, Televisió de Catalunya (TV3), Televisión Española (TVE), 2008

Duration: 80 minutes

Genre:
Documentary, Biography

Language:
Catalan | English | Spanish | French with English subtitles

Cast:
Carlos Arias Navarro, Jordi Borja, Santiago Carrillo, Carmen Claudin

Awards:
2009 Gaudí Awards- Award: Best Documentary- Albert Solé
2009 Goya Awards- Best Documentary
2008 Toulouse Cinespaña- Raíces Award: Best Documentary- Albert Solé

Synopsis:
“Bucharest” is a documentary about memory. From within a double exile, it follows the personal pursuit of Albert (a journalist born in exile in 1962) to recuperate his own roots. His father, the Spanish politician Jordi Solé Tura, who became a key figure during the Spanish Transition, was obliged to go into exile toward the end of the 1950s for his militant anti-Franco beliefs. Now, after living a life replete with passionate personal and political experiences, Jordi has begun to enter a new, internal exile, this time with no possibility of returning: a fight against Alzheimer’s Disease. Every day, his memory slips further away.With this film, Albert will resurrect the memory not only of his father’s atypical life, but also that of other historical Spanish figures such as Santiago Carrillo, Felipe González, Jorge Semprún and the ex-president of Catalonia Jordi Pujol, and little known episodes in the fight against Franco’s dictatorship and the Cold War. For Albert, many of these experiences are the diffuse recollections of a child. He will travel from one exile to another, trying to recompose the memory of his family, his own memory.

Tapologo
Director: Gabriella & Sally Gutiérrez Dewar

Writer: Gabriella & Sally Gutiérrez Dewar

Production: 2008 (Spain / South Africa)

Duration: 80 minutes

Genre:
Documentary

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Synopsis:
In Freedom Park, a squatter settlement in South Africa, a network of women, many of them former sex-workers, created a network called Tapologo. They learn to be Home Based Carers for their community, transforming degradation into solidarity and squalor into hope. Catholic bishop Kevin Dowling participates in Tapologo, and raises doubts on the official doctrine of the Catholic Church regarding AIDS and sexuality in the African context.

Extranjeras
Synopsis:
"Extranjeras" depicts the daily unknown reality of peoples from other cultures as seen through the experience of several women immigrants living in Madrid. We see these women's day to day activities which revolve around their family, how they live and where they work. We get to know what their dreams were, and how is their emotional universe. We also discover new spaces of social exchange, their relationships and social encounters that they have created, and the way in which they have adapted to the new environment yet keeping the inherited traditions of their respective cultures in their daily lives.

Night Flowers / Flores de luna
Synopsis:
A look at the transformation of the Spanish city, Pozo del Tio Raimundo. From a shantytown of Madrid built vertiginously in the fifties that grew as the night flowers at night time, the “red” priest Father Llanos gave to immigrants his Utopian dream seeking for justice and freedom. Days and years of solidarity passed, of rebelliousness and of forging a new identity, aspiring with a belief that, starting from the shantytown, the world could be changed. How did these people take awareness of their situation and with sheer force and cohesion as a humane group they undertook the transformation?

CINE EN CONSTRUCCIÓN – DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY- COLLAGE OF ST. BENILDE

Devil´s Point / La punta del diablo
Director: Marcelo Paván

Writer: Enrique Cortés, Marcelo Paván

Production: Argentina, Uruguay, Venezuela, 2006

Duration: 90 minutes

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Manuel Callau, Romina Paula, Lautaro Delgado, Axel Pauls, Esteban Meloni, Claudio Corbelli, María Onetto, Prakriti Maduro

Synopsis:
Roberto is a surgeon from Buenos Aires who is wearied by personal problems and the endless cycle of work. He was diagnosed with brain cancer. He leaves for a week's skiing vacation in the south. Instead, on impulse, he follows a young hitchhiker to a small fishing village, Devil's Point, in the north, on the coast of Uruguay. He makes fleeting acquaintance with some of the villagers, and learns that "the only thing to do in winter is to wait for summer".

Anger / Rabia
Director: Óscar Cárdenas

Writer: Óscar Cárdenas

Production: Oscar Cárdenas, Antonio Ballestrazzi

Duration: 74 minutes

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Carola Carrasco, Benjamín Berger, Constanza Aguirre, Daniela Salinas, Trinidad Squella, Daniela Ríos

Synopsis:
Camila Sepúlveda has been unemployed for over a year. Now she is trying to get a job as a secretary. Through six chapters and brief interviews we will find out what this long unemployment time has meant to her. Everywhere Camila goes for a job interview, she will listen to other unemployed women's points of view and experiences. She knows that after all this time of being unemployed she will never be the same person again.

Blue Eyelids / Párpados Azules
Director: Ernesto Contreras

Writer: Ernesto Contrerasi

Production: Mexico, 2007

Duration: 98 minutes

Genre:
Comedy, Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Cecilia Suarez, Tiare Scanda, Andrés Montiel, Luisa Huertas, Ana Ofelia Murguia, Enrique Arreola

Awards:
10 wins and 4 nominations including the Silver Ariel for Best First Work (Ernesto Contreras) in the 2008 Ariel Awards, Mexico. Also, the film won the MEZCAL Award (Ernesto Contreras), and the Mayahuel Award for Best Ibero-American Feature Film (Ernesto Contreras) and Best Screenplay (Carlos Contreras) at the 2007 Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival. It took home the Best Actress Award (Cecilia Suárez) in the 2008 Lleida Latin-American Film Festival. Likewise, the film won the Special Jury Award (Ernesto Contreras) and a Special Mention for Dramatic Features: Ibero-American Cinema Competition (Ernesto Contreras) at the 2008 Miami Film Festival. It also won the Horizons Award - Special Mention (Ernesto Contreras) in the 2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival, and the Special Jury Prize for World Cinema – Dramatic (Ernesto Contreras) at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

Synopsis:
Marina wins a paradise vacation for two, but when she realizes that she has no one to bring along, she decides to invite a stranger named Victor. The pair soon discovers that true love depends more on compatibility rather than idyllic scenery.

The Pope's Toilet / El baño del papa
Director: César Charlone, Enrique Fernández

Writer: César Charlone, Enrique Fernández

Production: Uruguay, 2006

Duration: 90 minutes

Genre:
Drama, Comedy

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
César Troncoso, Virginia Méndez, Virginia Ruíz, Mario Silva, Nelson Lence, Henry De Leon, Jose Arce, Rosario Dos Santos, Hugo Blandamuro

Awards:
11 wins and 5 nominations including the Audience Award for Latin Film Competition (César Charlone and Enrique Fernández), the Golden Kikito Award for Latin Film Competition - Best Actor (César Troncoso), Latin Film Competition - Best Actress (Virginia Méndez), Latin Film Competition - Best Screenplay (César Charlone and Enrique Fernández), and the Kikito Critics Prize Award for Latin Film Competition (César Charlone and Enrique Fernández) during the 2007 Gramado Film Festival. It also won the Mayahuel Award for Best First Work - Ibero-American Jury (César Charlone and Enrique Fernández) in the 2008 Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival. Likewise, the film won the Silver Colon for Best Screenplay (Enrique Fernández and César Charlone) at the 2007 Huelva Latin American Film Festival. It took home the Best First Work (Enrique Fernández and César Charlone) and the TVE Award (Enrique Fernández and César Charlone) during the 2008 Lleida Latin-American Film Festival. It also won the Horizons Award (Enrique Fernández and César Charlone) in the 2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival, and the International Jury Award (César Charlone and Enrique Fernández) during the 2007 São Paulo International Film Festival.

Synopsis:
Following a visit by Juan Pablo II to a small border town in Uruguay, the locals dream about their needs being fulfilled and the money that will hopefully flow in their direction.

A Stray Girlfriend / Una novia errante
Director: Ana Katz

Writer: Inés Bortagaray, Ana Katz

Production: Cecilia Felgueras. Producción ejecutiva: Carolina Konstantinovsky

Duration: 84 minutes

Genre:
Drama

Language:
Spanish with English subtitles

Cast:
Ana Katz, Carlos Portaluppi, Daniel Hendler, Erica Rivas, Arturo Goetz, Violeta Urtizberea, Nicolás Tacconi, Catherine Biquard

Awards
4 wins and 5 nominations including taking home the FIPRESCI Prize (Ana Katz) in the 2007 Havana Film Festival, the Best Actress (Ana Katz) and Elcine Second Prize for Best Film (Ana Katz) at the 2007 Lima Latin American Film Festival, and the Films in Progress Award (Ana Katz) during the 2006 San Sebastián International Film Festival.

Synopsis:
A romantic holiday has left Ines all alone. She gets off a bus where she has been constantly squabbling with her boyfriend Miguel, and is puzzled when the bus pulls away with Miguel still on it. Ines finds she may have gotten off the bus a bit early since she has to walk some distance to get to the resort where they booked a room, so at first she figures that's why Miguel didn't step down. She waited in vain since no boyfriend arrived to the resort where they were supposed to enjoy their vacation. The story revolves around Ines' initial self-deception, tears and uncertainty, and gradual resignation to a situation over which she has no control.

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE

It’s a triple treat for film buffs as Instituto Cervantes de Manila brings back Película, the biggest annual Spanish Film Festival in Asia, at chosen venues in Metro Manila from October 1 to 31.

Due to the past successes of its first seven seasons, organizers have doubled the number of films (this year more than 40!), gone from one to three venues and lengthened the film festival. Cultural events have also been calendared, in line with the theme of this year’s festival: Locos por el cine or Adik sa Pelikula.
With new partnerships forged by Instituto Cervantes, the cultural arm of the Spanish Embassy to the Philippines, and the strengthening support from Spanish filmmakers, last year’s attendance by cinema enthusiasts is expected to increase this year. Last year, some 20,000 spectators attended the Festival.
"This year marks our 8th edition and we're very proud of how far the Festival's come in such a short period of time," said Instituto Cervantes director Jose Rodriguez. "We believe Película has the potential to foster incredible growth in arts and entertainment and attract the best of the best-acclaimed Spanish and Latin American filmmakers to this area. We are especially proud of the reputation the Festival has developed over the years as a great local venue to feature and premier award-winning Spanish films.”
Selection of films will be divided into four groups this year: Official section at Greenbelt 3 Cinemas featuring Spanish contemporary and award-winning films; Spanish & Filipino documentaries at CCP which is a selection of 12 documentaries that bear testament to the growing vitality of the genre in the two countries; Spanish Cinema in 8 Films at the College of Saint Benilde featuring eight classical Spanish movies; and a selection of Latin-American indie productions entitled Cine en construcción (Films in progress), also scheduled at College of Saint Benilde.
Película kicks off on October 1 with an opening night featuring the movie No me pidas que te bese porque te besaré (Don’t ask me to kiss you, because I will). This comedy is about a man who is repenting his decision to marry and takes guitar lessons with “special” people to distract himself before his wedding. Gracing the opening night at the Greenbelt 5 Fashion walk area will be a dance performance by B612, a vertical dance company who was brought to Manila by Instituto Cervantes to display their world-class dance and lights to local audience.
Multi-awarded films such as El truco del manco (The one-handed trick), Una palabra tuya, Los girasoles ciegos (The Blind Sunflowers), Rotorno a Hansala (Return to Hansala), and 3 Días make their Philippine premiere at the film festival, which starts also on October 1 at the Greenbelt 3 Cinemas.

Other films include El Nido Vacío (Empty Nest), a comedy that explores the gap that occurs when children grow up and move away from home; and Dieta mediterranea (Mediterranean Diet), a story about a girl named Sofia who was regarded as the “best chef in the world” and the two men who helped her become a legend.
On October 7, Película gives tribute to Mexico’s film industry with the Mexican Cinema Night. Headlining this evening 2008 San Diego Latino Film Festival, La Zona (The Zone), a film about a wealthy compound surrounded by walls and surveillance system to protect the locals against the violence of the slums.

Running at the De La Salle University- College of St. Benilde (DLSU-CSB) from October 1 to 31 is a photo exhibition on the evolution of the Spanish cinema. Tagged as Crónica Visual del Cine Español (A Visual Chronicle of Spanish Cinema), the exhibit will be divided into the three periods of the Spanish cinema, aiming to recreate the journey of the films from the old Europe and Latin American tradition to the current contemporary style.

Alongside the exhibits at the DLSU-CSB will be a series of workshops on scriptwriting and editing as well as the showcasing of Latin American indie films. On October 14, 12:30 p.m., Chilean director Oscar Cardenas will grace the DLSU-CSB for the Asian premiere of his film Rabia.

Meanwhile, from October 7 to 31 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) is a photo exhibit on Filipino Filmmakers by renowned Spanish photographer Óscar Orengo. Featured in the exhibit – the first of its kind in the country – are local directors and actors from different generations like Peque Gallaga, Brilliante Mendoza, Lav Diaz and many more.

That same day, October 7, No todo es verdad, a selection of Filipino and Spanish documentaries will also begin at the CCP Dream Theater.

Película is organized by Instituto Cervantes, in cooperation with the Spanish Embassy in the Philippines, AECID, Ministerio de Cultura of Spain, Filmoteca del Ministerio de AA.EE. de España, Cine en Construcción, Spanish Program for Cultural Cooperation, Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day, LRT, MRT, Cultural Center of the Philippines, College of St.Benilde, Greenbelt and Ayala Malls Cinemas. Special thanks to Dusit Thani Manila - the official hotel residence, Qatar Airways - the official airline, Jaguar – the official luxury car, welovepost - the official post and design boutique and 2nd Avenue – the official TV media partner of Película.

Other sponsors are Alba Restaurante Español, Barcelo Café, Espa-Fil, Bai Capture, Icon Graphics, PostManila, Tooth Fairy productions, Mapfre Insular Insurance Corp., and Embajada de México. Media partners: Lifestyle Asia, Lifestyle Travel and Business Mirror, ClickTheCity.com and Spot.ph (Online), UR 105.9 and RJ 100.3 (Radio).

For more information, please call 526 1482 or visit http://manila.cervantes.es or www.pelicula.ph Instituto Cervantes de Manila is located at 855 T.M. Kalaw St., Ermita, Manila.

Monday, 31 August 2009

mini-reviews: UP and District 9

UP - Pixar a widower out to fullfill his promise to his leaves on a balloon powered road trip with over eagar cub scout. Along they pick up a series quirky and strange new friends and enemies.Funny and poignant - Its not hard to be touched by this movie. Featuring the voices of Ed Asner and Christopher Plummer. This film reminds me of a number of Pixar movies - the film shorts usually shown before the main feature and in a sense that is good.


District 9 - In the very near future, humanity's first contact is not so ETish but more from the pages of Schindler's List. South Africa has trouble with its immigrants and they are not from Earth. Join our protaganist as he undegoes changes and in the process receives an ephiphany. The film tells the tale using news and documentary clippings with the more familiar film shots. It has Aliens, Alien Technology; a multinationl Company symbolizing corporate greed and is actually called Multinational; moral issues; fight scenes; and conspiracy theories. All of these plus its creative way of telling things makes it more than likely another Science Fiction film classic.

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Cinemalaya Cinco Opens with Alix and Martin's Manila

Cultural Center of the Philippines, Manila, July 17,2009 - The Philippine Film Festival Cinemalaya opened with the premiere of Adolf Alix Jr and Raya Martin's Manila - a film based on the characters created by Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal.

Manila's cast include: Piolo Pascual who also co-produced the film, Rosana Roces, William Martinez, Jay Manalo, Assunta de Rossi, Anita Linda, Jiro Manio and several others.



Cinemalaya will run from July 17 tll July 26 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Ticket Prices and additional information:

Regular Screening Price: 100 pesos
Student Price: 50 pesos
Day Pass (Good for 5 screenings per day): 300 Pesos
Festival Pass: 1000 pesos Good for all screenings
Congress Pass:

1. students: Special 2 days pass 250 pesos
2. non-students: 2 days package 500 pesos
3. non-students: 1 day package 300 pesos

Senior Citizens get 20% off Regular Screening Price
(Note: Group Discount Available for bulk ticket buyers

For more information call the CCP Box Office at 832 3704 and Tiicketworld at 891-9999.

You can also go to:

Cinemalaya or Getzmo!?

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Pepe Diokno's Engkwentro

Bring bonamine, meclizine or ginger - Especially if you are about forty years old.

Pepe Diokno's film is a very brave film. Not because it seems to alludes to assasination or what people call salvaging but it does. Not because the characters in rhe film looks and feels familiar to what we see from time to time in the pages of our newspapers but it does.

The film has a story to tell like all movies and also has a message.

Diokno and ensemble tells us the story a young petty criminal and his brother. A day in their lives - from sunrise to sunset. It is a grim and violent world that is shown to us.

Felix Rocco plays the lead character in the film and its not his day today. He is running away a death sentence has been imposed on him. His only brother who they send to school has gone astray - not only plsying hokey but has joined a rival gang. And then he has to contend with a home without a mother - who has left to work in Manila - leaving them to the care a parapelagic father who also has a drug habit.

Its not a pretty picture. Add to this sound and images shown frequently but only briefly from the radio and television sets of the squatter colony. A very bleak and dark story.

The cinematography is edgy and shakey. Similar to films like Cloverfield and the Blair Witch Project. It adds bristtles and a great degree of jaggedness to film. Although it also induces vertigo to a number of viewers - me included.

Engkwentro with its jerky camera movements and up front brutality not only causes vertigo but also begs the question about justice in our world and the price of law and order. Its not black or white really but it is valid question. And perhaps that is why it is a brave film.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Review: Manila

Manila: Directed by Adolfo Alix, Jr. and Raya Martin. Cast: Piolo Pascual, Rossana Roces; Assunta de Rossi; Jay Manalo; Anita Linda; Jiro Manio; Marissa Delgado; William Martinez; Iza Calzado, et al.

The film is a homage of sorts to directors Ishmael Bernal and Lino Brocka. Different elements and characters from the movies of these directors in particular and mainly from Manila By Night/City After Dark by Bernal and Jaguar by Lino Brocka.

In a sense the movie is a three stories in a movie a film Tryptich of Bernal and Brocka's work. The original meaning of a Tryptich was a set of three panels or compartments side by side. Indeed the film had that feel to it.

The first panel drawn from Manila by Night/City After Dark - focused on the story of the drug addict's, Pascual, journey through the city. Shot in black and white. One is almost tempted to think that his is in a way another homage to a Brocka film: Manila sa Kuko ng Liwanag - its first shot were in black and white. Although it would seem that black and white film making is best seen in the works of Mike De Leon - who incidentally was the producer and cinematographer of Manila sa Kuko ng Liwanag. And the second panel also drawn from Manila by Night. This time from the story of the nurse, with Izza Calzado as the nurse. This shot in what seemed to be in shades of blues - similar to a cross processed slide film giving it a dreamy touch. This also doubles as the midway credits roll. Finally, the third is the color rendition of Jaguar - again with Pascual playing the main role first played by Philip Salvador.

Old fans of the film will probably be interested in seeing the film to see how the ensemble re-tooled these classic films. Its not as powerful as the original but it is an interesting romp.From the old film one cannot forget the impact of Charito Solis' penchant for being clean or attempting to be clean. An alcohol bottle always handy to clean the hands. This is probably what was missing in the film. Films from these eras carried with it strong iconic messages that linger in the mind - Solis obsession to cleanliness in City After Dark and Philip Salvador's plight in Jaguar or even Bembol Roco's face and fate at the end of Manila sa Kuko ng Liwanag.

Again, it is an interesting film ... well more than an interesting film. But if you do make sure to watch City After Dark, Manila sa Kuko ng Liwanag and (hopefully) Jaguar.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Imax theatre opens at SM City North Edsa on July 16, 2009

The first time I was able to watch in an IMAX theatre was in Singapore. They had just come out with a Fantasia 2000. Our company was temporarily based in Singapore at the time courtesy of the Millennium Bug. And during those one Saturday afternoon that I took the train to the Singapore Science Centre to visit its Omni-Theatre.

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But what makes IMAX ... well IMAX? What makes it a worthwhile place to watch certain types of movies?

IMAX Technology makes it possible to:

1. See crystal-clear images with its projection system
2. Hear laser-aligned digital sound with its sound system
3. See a maximized field of view due to its theatre geometry or shape

The next time I was able to watch IMAX was at the SM Mall of Asia. And now this July - IMAX will be opening shop so to speak at SM North this coming July 16, 2009 when it will be screening Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

Schedule of Movies/Documentaries for 2009 - Early 2010 at the IMAX Theatre at SM City North Edsa
(For inquiries and ticket reservations you can call: 929- 5452 or 924-4274 and for inquiries and screening schedule, log on to www.smcinema.com or you can send an email to imaxnorthedsa@smsupermalls.com.)

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - July 16, 2009
with exclusive IMAX 3D scenes

Under The Sea 3D - August 2009

A Christmas Carol 3D - November 2009

Avatar 3D - December 2009

How to Train your Dragon 3D - March 2010

Shrek Goes Fourth 3D - May 2010

Hubble 3D

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Monsters vs Aliens

Monster vs Aliens(2009): Directed by Rob Letterman and Conrad Vernon. Screenplay by Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky, Rob Letterman , Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger. Voice Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Seth Rogen, Hugh Laurie, Will Arnett, Conrad Vernon, Rainn Wilson, Stephen Colbert, Kiefer Sutherland , Paul Rudd et al . DreamWorks Animation and Paramount Pictures.

I once heard a film student once say if you want to take the joy out of film viewing do a critical review/analysis of the movie. Consider the pathos and the ethos of the film. What is the deeper meaning in the light candle or the fallen Coke can in the road. What is Rosebud?

At least at the end of Citizen Kane the viewer knows what Rosebud is. Maybe a reviewer's greatest error is to think too highly of himself and film when the first and foremost of a film is to entertain. And that is all it needs to do.

Here we come to Monsters vs Aliens. One of the first animation film done in 3D. The plot is simple enough get a number of film horror and sci-fi icons and let them fight it each other. And in this movie one sees the parodies of the top most iconic film characters from horror and science fiction with the exception of the top three. So its the 50 ft Woman, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob and Mothra versus the Alien, his robots and his clones.

And it does provide a fun romp with these characters providing several laughs and snickers along the way.

Role-reversals and parodies through out the film is entertaining. And The parodies do not end there. There is of course the US President and a strangely familiar General from Stanley Kubrik's film: Dr Strangelove - he even looks like George C. Scott! Gen. 'Buck' Turgidson as a cartoon.

For me Shrek and The Incredibles seem more funnier than this one but it still is an interesting watch and more fittingly watch 3D. And even there horror fans will recognize a homage/parody from one of the best known 3D Horror films Vincent Price's House of Wax.